Lot 121. A Robin's-Egg-Glazed 'Yixing' Teapot and Cover, Qing dynasty, 18th Century; height 7 3/8 in., 18.7 cm. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 USD. Lot sold 8,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the body of rectangular form with sides slightly curving up to the mouth, loop handle and curved spout of square section, the domed conforming cover with loop finial, the exterior and underside with mottled turquoise and dark-blue glaze, thinning at the extremities, hinting at the brown stoneware body beneath, underside with indistinct impressed seal mark, Japanese wood box (3).

Note: Compare a teapot and cover of the same form and glaze from the Collection of Christina Loke Balsara, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 19th January 1988, lot 278. See also two slightly larger examples of the same form, one sold in our London rooms, 7th June 2000, lot 146, and again at Christie's Hong Kong, 27th October 2003, lot 711; the other sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26th October 1993, lot 71.

Sotheby'sFine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art, New York, 18 March 2008